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Por Edith Elías

Fotos: Liliana Elías

“El que en Bogotá no ha ido con su novia a Monserrate, no sabe lo que es canela ni tamal con chocolate…”

Así dice la canción que usted escuchará durante el recorrido en funicular al cerro de Monserrate, en Bogotá, que a sus más de 3.210 metros sobre el nivel del mar conjuga atractivo turístico y centro de fervor religioso, pues en la cima está el santuario en honor a Santa María de la Cruz de Monserrate, que ha sido testigo de numerosas promesas, pagadas por fieles que suben de rodillas.

Pero no se asuste, usted puede subir en teleférico, o en funicular. Si decide caminar encontrará en la vía ventas de chocolate caliente, tamales y agua. Es mejor hacer esta proeza los domingos, y para mayor seguridad con un guía.

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La vista de Bogotá desde arriba es incomparable, allí somos testigos directos de la obra de Dios abrazada con la obra del hombre, y todos los problemas de la cotidianidad se diluyen en la belleza del paisaje. Usted sentirá que sus energías se renuevan con cada bocanada de aire que respire. Puede permanecer allí hasta las 12 de la medianoche, y contemplar Bogotá iluminada…es un espectáculo impresionante y muy romántico, excelente para reconciliaciones o propuestas de matrimonio! También se puede comer y comprar artesanías y recuerdos.

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Una iglesia, una historia

La iglesia de Monserrate tiene su historia, fue remodelada en 1925, luego que sufriera daños en su estructura, y hoy en día conserva su aspecto como antaño. En la iglesia se guarda una imagen del Cristo llamada El Señor Caído de Monserrate. Cuenta la leyenda que esa imagen había sido llevada al templo por error, y cuando iba a ser devuelta ésta adquiría un peso enorme que hacía prácticamente imposible su transportación. Se dice que la imagen tiene poderes curativos, y alrededor de esta creencia se han tejido muchas historias que hablan de curaciones milagrosas.

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El cerro de Monserrate es una parada obligatoria para todo turista verdaderamente interesado en palpar la esencia de Bogotá. De día o de noche, usted se sentirá eufórico, como si estuviera en la cima del mundo, pero también humilde ante la inmensidad del paisaje que habla de la grandeza de Dios.

 

 

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Tenga en cuenta… 

  • Hay que caminar una subida algo fuerte para llegar a la estación del teleférico, si no desea hacerlo puede llegar a la estación en taxi.
  • Los funiculares suben en rieles y hay momentos en que pasan por un túnel, en cambio el teleférico es totalmente aéreo.
  • Si no tiene entrenamiento físico es mejor que no suba caminando hasta el santuario, es preferible que use cualquiera de las otras dos vías.
  • Es primordial que vaya bien abrigado, sobre todo si piensa estar en las horas nocturnas.
  • Recuerde siempre desechar la basura en las papeleras, contribuya a que lugares como ésos puedan perdurar, y ponga de esa forma el nombre de su país en alto.
  •  El horario del funicular es: Lunes a Sábado: 7:45 a.m. a 11:45 a.m.
    Domingos: 5:30 a.m. a 4:30 p.m. Festivos: 5:30 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.
  • El horario del teleférico es: Lunes a Sábado: 12:00 m. a 12:00 p.m.
  • Domingo: 6:00 a.m. a 6:00 p.m.

 

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